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Productivity before stimulus

From Monday's Globe and Mail

There are much more ambitious forms of infrastructure that go beyond replacing what we already have ...Read the full article

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  1. John Legate from PEC, writes: We have such a huge infrastructure deficit it will take a lot more than what the Cons are talking about to fix it. (and an even bigger environmental deficit) The real benefit of infrastructure is almost all the money stays in Canada and makes use of idle resources such as construction equipment, workers and their supply lines.

    I agree the health issue needs to be taken care of but it has a high component of foreign content in the software and hardware needed. And this government doesn't know how or try to get offsets.

    With respect to incentives for US companies, the need is not for a lower tax regime for them, the need is for us to own our own economy. The Cons just don't get this. Research follows head offices follows ownership.
  2. Cameron Jantzen from Halifax, Canada writes: Good editorial. Hopefully Wednesday is investment in innovation. This goes hand-in-hand with productivity, and is somewhere Canada is failing. We must better support innovation, it will pay off handsomely.
  3. bill williams from Guelph from Canada writes: -

    This piece is trite. We all know these things.

    I look forward to tomorrow's piece on human capital. Investment in post-secondary education is THE missing link in everything else that is being discussed.

  4. Leon Russell from Gatineau, Qc, Canada writes: It's so true that this represents a chance to move forward with innovative investments.
  5. Robert McDougall from Canada writes: Of course long-term benefit is a key criterion: the problem would be how any Federal Party could skillfully manage and administer such complex issues.

    With respect to Medical Records, clearly this is something that should long ago have been completed. At my age there are many different medical specialists on one's "medical team", and, in today's medical world, few of them give a hoot about -- or understand -- the treatment provided by other specialists. One is at the mercy of competing treatments -- eg. drugs -- which may often actually undo the treatment provided by another specialist!

    To start to deal with this problem, I developed my own medical records system, and fed it data from scraps of paper recorded, in some cases, over as long a 50-year period. I also wanted to know how long it might take an MD to enter data for a person with my many problems: answer - a minute or two per visit! The system also automatically plots graphs for each malady and treatment. It may also help me keep alive!

    Aside from confidentiality amongst my MDs, this exercise demonstrated to me the great difficulty MDs currently have -- for example -- in identifying cause-and-effect relationships among maladies, in identifying conflicting (e.g., side-effect) treatments, and, in general, the near impossibility of making an overall composite evaluation of the patient's state of health.

    What I see as needed here is some form of automated diagnostic tool that would routinely operate across all records in the master file, establish potential relationships among significant data, and use these criteria to flag any potentially dangerous treatment that any MD might try to enter to cope with his diagnosis, or to flag treatments, etc., that appear to have been missed.

    There's a man-sized task for your attack on future efficiencies!

    Fat chance: MDs are very conservative and who in politics would champion such a deal?

  6. Michael Tripper from Canada writes: productivity requires intelligence and creativity two traits marvelously missing from the English Canada. All the globe wants is more tax cuts and infrastructure so they can flit more easily to the airport for their jaunts to Montreal and places elsewhere.

    What a pathetic joke. As a manager I produced so much productivity I canceled my own job for the good of the company - but such forward thinking meant that I was never hired again perhaps because I would find a way to excise the manager's who are hiring me.

    Who knows, all I know that the sycophants on the GM ed board are some of the dimmest minds in media in the free world.

    Lackeys and bumboys and girls ye be.

    I will write letter let's see if it gets published.
  7. Red Suspenders from The Big Chair, writes: My comment on the recent Mayerthorpe manslaughter convictions is that those guys got railroaded, bigtime! The rifle they gave the guy wasn't even used in the crime! The RCMP's bloodlust in this case is telling of what kind of ethics are at work in that broken institution.
  8. J Hare from Saskatoon, Canada writes: Red Suspenders, I would tend to agree. Pathetic.

    James Hare
  9. bob adamson from Victoria, Canada writes: Great Editorial and also the posting by John Legate. I would only add that much of the infrastructure and public social services system under discussion in located at the provincial (including the territories)and local government levels. I appreciate the difficulties a federal government faces in channelling monies to those levels but hope a creative effort will be made in the upcoming budget to enable provincial and especially local governments to repair and upgrade their human and material capital to meet this need. We can only hope that the federal government has been active over the past weeks consulting with the provinces to find ways of both channelling and focussing monies to provinces and local governments that avoids the empty constitutional rangling and cloudy project objectives that too often attend such federal transfers.

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